In enzymology, a L-arabinose isomerase (EC 18.104.22.168) is an enzyme that catalyzes the chemical reaction
- L-arabinose L-ribulose
Hence, this enzyme has one substrate, L-arabinose, and one product, L-ribulose.
This enzyme belongs to the family of isomerases, specifically those intramolecular oxidoreductases interconverting aldoses and ketoses. The systematic name of this enzyme class is L-arabinose aldose-ketose-isomerase. This enzyme participates in pentose and glucuronate interconversions.
This enzyme catalyses the conversion of L-arabinose to L-ribulose as the first step in the pathway of L-arabinose utilization as a carbon source.
As of late 2007, two structures have been solved for this class of enzymes, with PDB accession codes 2AJT and 2HXG.
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